Avoid common mistakes that will get your application put in the reject pile. Read on for 10 simple ways you can mess up your personal statement: _ 1. Say thank you _ Your parents and elementary school teachers taught you to be polite in writing, and you know it's a good rule to follow. But don't waste words thanking the committee for reading your application. It's not the same situation as applying for a job, because you're paying the school to review your application so that, hopefully, you can pay them to educate and train you. Starting or ending your statement with phrases like 'Thank you for reviewing this application' or 'I appreciate your consideration' can make you come across as immature, obsequious, or ignorant of academic culture.
Another important role of the PS is that it allows you to explain, although briefly, some information that may not be accurately represented by your transcript or Curriculum Vitae. For example, your GPA might be low because your school places a cap on grades given to students belonging to your major. Another example would be explaining the connection between your undergraduate major and your chosen graduate major, which might seem incongruous at first inspection. For these reasons alone, it is extremely important that you follow a guideline in composing your own PS.